Ann Khalid, 12, a student at the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet, is determined to one day have a career dancing and teaching ballet, not an easy path in a country torn for years by conflict.
A newly released trailer gives New York City Ballet fans a sneak peek at BALLET 422, a film that follows NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck as he crafts a new work—a process that, until this film, had never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.
Registrations are now being taken for students interested in attending a newly created American Ballet Theatre school, to open in September 2015 on the Segerstrom Center campus in Costa Mesa, California.
Fox has renewed competition series So You Think You Can Dance for season 12, reports Variety, and will be introducing some new twists when the show returns in summer 2015.
The more than 100 well-wishers who recently gathered at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum to wish happy birthday to famed folk singer Joni Mitchell saw a screening of The Fiddle and the Drum, a film she edited that features a 2007 ballet performance of the same name that she conceptualized and scored with choreographer Jean Grand-Maître, the artistic director of Alberta Ballet in Canada.
The legend of “The Balanchine Plant” goes back to the 1970s, when George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, gave a clipping of his rubber plant to one of his leading dancers at the time, Karin von Aroldingen.
Fifty dancers from RJ Reynolds High School and eight professionals from the Charlotte [NC] Ballet presented a modern ballet production last week titled Black, Blue and Green, about black history, blues music, and environmental science. Those weren’t the only lessons being taught through dance, though.
The Nashville Ballet announced this week that it received the largest contribution in the organization’s history: a $1 million grant-match pledge from the Martin family.
The all-white stereotype of Swan Lake, the most traditional of ballets, will be shattered next April when the two lead roles are performed by African Americans: Misty Copeland in the leading role of Odette/Odile, and Brooklyn Mack as her partner and love interest, Prince Siegfried.
Working on its overall digital video strategy, the Joffrey Ballet School has signed a multi-year deal with the DanceOn Network, one of the top 10 premium YouTube channels.
Westside School of Ballet’s new Dance Talks series, featuring a lineup of successful alumnae who will talk to community youth about their dance training and its positive impact on their lives, kicks off November 15 with speaker Jenna Elfman, star of the TV series Dharma and Greg and a guest judge on So You Think You Can Dance.
American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Intensive national audition tour will kick off January 3 in Boston, Phoenix, and New York, and will visit a total of 24 cities through February 1.
The annual American Ballet Competition (ABC) will not be held in 2015 to permit contestants to take advantage of an educational offering: Bournonville Workshop with the Masters, to be presented by Imagine Ballet Theatre in association with ABC next June.
Donald Saddler, a dancer and choreographer whose career lasted more than 60 years and embraced opera, television, movies, ballet, and Broadway, where he won two Tony Awards, died on Saturday in Englewood, New Jersey, reported the New York Times. He was 96.
Sylvie Guillem, hailed as one of the greatest dancers of her generation, has announced her retirement after 39 years, announced the Telegraph.
Cincinnati Ballet will livestream its November 8 matinee performance of Peter Pan to patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, allowing patients and their families to experience the ballet without leaving their hospital rooms.
The second season of AOL Originals’ city.ballet, which goes behind the scenes with New York City Ballet, has debuted on AOL On, according to TubeFilter.
Michaela DePrince, a dancer with Dutch National Ballet and one of the dancers featured in the Youth America Grand Prix documentary First Position, will be one of the speakers during TEDxAmsterdam 2014, the annual inspirational conference for thinkers and doers.
As holiday season approaches, visions of Sugar Plum fairies inevitably begin dancing in our heads. As performances of The Nutcracker count down to a whole new season of dance across the world, the Huffington Post has dug into the photographic archives of Getty and the Associated Press to find the most iconic snapshots of ballerinas and prima donnas over the ages.
San Francisco Ballet School, the official school of San Francisco Ballet, has announced a new master class series for pre-professional and professional ballet dancers, ages 15 to 25.
The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, has chosen Jennifer Archibald, Abdul Latif, and Stephanie Martinez as winners of its fifth annual Choreographers of Color Award.
Conflicts with the professional ballet company commitments of dancers cast in the new Starz drama Flesh and Bone is one of the reason the pay cable network has decided to air it as an eight-episode limited series, reported Deadline Hollywood.
Ballet Magnificat! is partnering with its home city of Jackson, Mississippi, and The Salvation Army to create an original holiday show that will be performed, free of charge, as a “thank you” for the community’s 28 years of supporting the ballet.
Choreographer Joshua Bergasse, an Emmy Award winner for his work on Smash, makes his Broadway debut this season with the Broadway classic On the Town, a feat of storytelling in song and dance that is rarely seen on the modern Broadway stage.
For Rachel Maher, an 11-year Pennsylvania Ballet veteran, the choreography, costume changes, and intense action of the season-opening program “Press Play” were a little taxing at times. Maher is expecting her first child at the end of March.
A site that for years has housed Oregon Ballet Theatre’s dance studio and school is set to become part of the latest building craze in Portland: apartments.
A jury has ruled against a ballet dancer with a bad hip who sued Oklahoma City over his arrest in a park where he was exercising in high heels with his cane, according to The Oklahoman.
The Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine has had many troubles over the past 20 years, including a three-year theater renovation that forced them into a 1991 U.S. tour that fell apart as the USSR dissolved.
One of the great ballet pairings of recent years—David Hallberg and Natalia Osipova—will be reunited in New York City this spring during American Ballet Theatre’s season at the Metropolitan Opera House, reports the New York Times ArtsBeat.
Tickets for Grand Rapids Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker, designed by Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg, author of The Polar Express, and Tony Award-winning designer Eugene Lee, are now on sale.
Complexions Contemporary Ballet will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with a run at The Joyce Theater from November 18 to 30.
Through financial woes, the death of her husband, and leadership turnovers, Laurie Picinich-Byrd kept The Florida Ballet going as a Jacksonville arts institution for 35 years. The Florida Times-Union reported that Picinich-Byrd died last Wednesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 67.
“Does the dance world need another competition?” writes Judith Mackrell in the Guardian.
Prior to continuing the tradition of transferring Mother Ginger’s towering white wig to a Pelham, Alabama, government official who will act in the Alabama Youth Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker, city councilman Ron Scott provided some sound advice.
“Binge-watching television is kid’s stuff compared to gorging at the online smorgasbord known as World Ballet Day. For once, saying ‘I could watch ballet all day’ was literally true. And I have the eye-drops to prove it,” wrote Pia Catton in the Wall Street Journal.
JR, the semi-anonymous photographer who recently completed an artistic installation of large-scale photos of New York City Ballet dancers, has done it again: by scaling the rooftops of Paris’ Palais Garnier opera house with 40 ballet dancers, the artist and creator of the viral Inside Out Project has come up with yet another set of stunning images.
A flexed foot is rarely used in ballet technique (one exception is frappé, depending on which style you teach), but is extremely important for any student to be aware of, for many reasons. One of the most important is to allow the dancer to isolate and fully utilize the hamstring muscles. When doing a slow, controlled, flexed-foot lift of the fully extended leg to a tendu height, students can feel maximum turnout without having to think about pointing the foot.
This year I taught a pre-ballet class for 6-year-olds. At first they were unfocused, bored, and sloppy while working at the barre. So I bought rolls of colored ribbon and told the dancers that anyone who did the best plié, tendu, or other barre exercise would get a ribbon—a Ballet Bow. I walked around the class and tied these around the ponytails or buns of students who were doing good work. I have never had a class work so hard on their technique before.
A lifetime of memories can often be found in the ticket stubs, photos, and mementos that accumulate in a bureau drawer. At American Ballet Theatre, items of a similar ilk—from set sketches to score manuscripts, choreographers’ contacts to dancers’ diaries—have been piling up for 75 years.
Every gardener knows that if you want to raise tomatoes in a pot or peas in the ground, you need to give your seedlings the right mix of soil, water, and sunshine. Otherwise, forget about even thinking of harvesting a halfway decent crop. Arts entrepreneur Jessica Wallis, a former elementary school teacher who was once an aspiring ballerina, knows how to create a good environment for what she wants to grow: ballet in Cleveland.
One of the most European forms of dance is tackling Canada’s fraught colonial history this week as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet premieres Going Home Star—Truth and Reconciliation, a ballet that discusses abuses, such as sexual abuse and violence, suffered by aboriginal children in residential schools.
San Francisco Ballet School has announced a new pilot program offering adult ballet classes to be taught by former San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Ruben Martin Cintas.
Three American Ballet Theatre principal dancers—Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, and Xiomara Reyes—will retire this spring near the end of ABT’s 2015 season at the Metropolitan Opera House, according to the New York Times’ ArtsBeat.
Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, the pre-professional performance company of the Joffrey Ballet School, will depart on October 10 on its first tour to the People’s Republic of China.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet and RWB School will get more than $1.6 million in federal support, reported the Winnipeg Sun.
Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s tragic ballet Manon headlines the Royal Ballet’s new season at London’s Royal Opera House—40 years after the tragic story of a young girl who chooses luxury over love premiered in 1974 to considerable acclaim.
Megan Fairchild, a principal dancer at New York City Ballet, has traded in her pointe shoes for T-strap pumps for a Broadway revival of On the Town—and is working hard to get used to dancing in heels.
The Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School in Tampa, Florida, which serves homeless children, has partnered for eight years with the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts’ Patel Conservatory to provide the students—kindergartners through fifth-graders—with 30 minutes of ballet instruction each week.
To achieve grand allegro jumps such as grand jeté, tour jeté, assemblé devant, fouetté, and cabriole fouetté, students must be able to do a strong, square, and properly placed 90-degree sauté in grand battement devant with arms in high fifth position.
The Bolshoi Ballet in Cinema 2014–15 Season will feature seven productions, with four live performances (captured earlier the same day of the cinema broadcast from Moscow) and three pre-recorded programs.